For today’s doodlewash we simply have an actual size rendering of a piece of kiwi on a stainless steel fork. While delicious to eat, kiwi is also used in a lot of DIY face masks, for skin beauty and anti-aging, due to the alpha hydroxy fruit acids and vitamins. Of course, you would probably want to take the fork out first. When New Zealanders first received this fruit from China, they named it Chinese gooseberry. Since huge export duties had to be paid on gooseberries, they coined the name kiwifruit instead, due to its uncanny resemblance to the little, hairy, brown flightless bird that’s their national symbol. These days, both the bird and the fruit simply go by the name kiwi.
Kiwi wasn’t a popular fruit on the menu when I was growing up. It wasn’t until my much older brother married his wife, that I even encountered one. She was what the family called a “health nut” due to her strange penchant for eating things that didn’t come in a box. Granted, bottles were fine, as those housed an endless array of vitamins, but solid food was only consumed fresh and whole. This included the then mysterious kiwi, which I remember thinking looked completely bizarre. It was pretty and green on the inside, but the outside looked like the scrotum of a wild animal. My grade school sensibilities were appalled and I refused to even try it at first.
Luckily, I changed my mind and tried this strange new food. Though it didn’t become my favorite fruit to eat, I did at least decide it was actually tasty and not terrifying. Later in life, I would learn about all the amazing health benefits that the touters like to tout, but back then things actually had to taste good in order to be consumed. I remember the first time I tried many different foods, and it’s remarkable how those memories stick. I can’t always remember the exact time and place, but I never forget that first encounter with a new food. And that’s why I’ve never forgotten that time, years ago, when I dared to try a hairy, brown fruit called kiwi.